9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A hard-working touring musician, Doug Keith has spent the years leading up to his third solo album, Pony, playing bass and guitar for rising star Sharon Van Etten. If Pony reaches the right ears, he could find himself with a serious solo career. As a kid who grew up with ‘80s alternative bands, it’s only appropriate that he should ask Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis to play a guitar solo for “Pure Gold in the ‘70s”—and for Mascis to agree and knock it out of the Astrodome. There’s a relaxed brilliance to the entire album. It was recorded primarily in six days at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, N.C., with engineer Jon Ashley and Van Etten drummer Zeke Hutchins, backing vocalist Heather Woods Broderick, and Megafaun brothers Brad and Phil Cook handling bass and keyboards, respectively. Hutchins’ drums give an extra Keith Moon–like chaos to “You Can’t Stand to Be Alone,” while Doug Keith himself handles the acoustic “The Apostles” with a sweet intimacy. “Black Metal Black” cruises like a breezy Lemonheads tune with a Wilco/R.E.M. approach.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A hard-working touring musician, Doug Keith has spent the years leading up to his third solo album, Pony, playing bass and guitar for rising star Sharon Van Etten. If Pony reaches the right ears, he could find himself with a serious solo career. As a kid who grew up with ‘80s alternative bands, it’s only appropriate that he should ask Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis to play a guitar solo for “Pure Gold in the ‘70s”—and for Mascis to agree and knock it out of the Astrodome. There’s a relaxed brilliance to the entire album. It was recorded primarily in six days at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, N.C., with engineer Jon Ashley and Van Etten drummer Zeke Hutchins, backing vocalist Heather Woods Broderick, and Megafaun brothers Brad and Phil Cook handling bass and keyboards, respectively. Hutchins’ drums give an extra Keith Moon–like chaos to “You Can’t Stand to Be Alone,” while Doug Keith himself handles the acoustic “The Apostles” with a sweet intimacy. “Black Metal Black” cruises like a breezy Lemonheads tune with a Wilco/R.E.M. approach.

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About Doug Keith

New York-based singer/songwriter Doug Keith grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota and then Syracuse, New York. An early interest in music led him to his first guitar lessons at the age of ten. His formative years of learning songs by '80s college rock bands like Hüsker Dü and Camper Van Beethoven eventually led to an interest in classic rock, folk, and early blues music. Relocating to San Francisco, he joined the punk trio the Gods Hate Kansas, playing bass and gaining valuable touring experience that would later serve him well when he switched coasts to New York City. Beginning in the early 2000s, Keith spent several years playing with the noise rock combo Up the Empire while testing the waters with his own material and releasing several experimental solo albums under the moniker the First Person to See an Elephant. Following the breakup of Up the Empire, Keith finally decided to attempt a proper solo career, and in 2009 released his debut LP, Here's to Outliving Me. Continuing to develop a more organic, acoustic-based approach, in 2010 Keith followed up with The Lucky Ones, which, like his debut, was released independently on his own imprint, The Village Label. The album was well received and earned praise from NPR and The Washington Post, among many others. His third solo release, Pony, arrived in early 2014 and featured contributions from J Mascis and members of Megafaun. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • GENRE
    Pop

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